The upper back is a common tattoo location, especially for men. A very common upper back tattoo for women are wings. Angel wings, fairy wings and butterfly wings are the most popular. It's a very large part of the body, which allows for very detailed and complex designs. You can build onto it over time and even decide to connect the shoulders and sleeves into the design. Common tattoos for the upper back are old school designs, floral designs, skulls, wings and tribals. Dragons and 3D designs are also popular. The back can be easily concealed with a shirt but can also be quite visible during summer without a shirt!